Workforce Development & Economic Policy

Governors are working to expand economic opportunity and advance the nation’s global competitiveness by developing the skilled workforce and economic environment required for individuals, businesses and communities to thrive.

As the chief executive officers of their states, Governors set strategic priorities to align workforce and economic development activities to build a shared vision of societal and economic well-being. The NGA Workforce Development & Economic Policy program supports Governors and their appointees in developing and executing on these priorities.

Featured Initiatives 

NGA Workforce Development Technical Assistance Program

NGA provides advisors and other Governor-appointed state workforce system leaders with technical assistance on a broad range of workforce development policy issues through policy memoranda; in-state site visits and presentations, and facilitated connections with subject matter experts. The team also holds biannual convenings and monthly briefings and issues a weekly newsletter.


Workforce Strategic Planning Collaborative

The NGA Center’s joint project with the U.S. Department of Labor supports Governors and their advisors as they develop and implement their federally required four-year strategic plans for workforce development. Technical assistance offerings include an emphasis on implementation of federal investments that passed during the 117th Congress, namely the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, CHIPS and Science Act, and Inflation Reduction Act.


NGA Economic Policy Advisors and Economic Policy Technical Assistance

NGA provides Governor-appointed state economic development leaders and advisors with highly responsive and customized best practice research, strategic planning facilitation, timely information from federal partners and subject matter experts, and other support on a broad range of economic policy priorities. This includes an upcoming virtual event series as well as a bi-weekly newsletter.

Meet The Team


Focus Areas

  • Apprenticeship and youth apprenticeship
  • Sector-focused workforce and economic development strategies
  • Workforce development financing, governance, and innovation
  • Outdoor recreation & economic development  
  • Service-to-career pathways and public sector employment
  • IIJA, CHIPS and IRA implementation Future of work, digital transformation and digital skills
  • Disability inclusive workforce policy

Services Available

  • Strategic planning facilitation and best practice guidance on workforce and economic development topics or initiatives
  • Strategic guidance, feedback and meeting facilitation services for Governor-appointed state workforce development boards
  • Convenings for workforce and economic development advisors and state leaders on emerging issues
  • Regular newsletters for state workforce and economic development leaders
  • Customized research briefs and best practice presentations upon request

Workforce Development Library

NGA 2021 Summer Meeting

NGA 2021 Summer Meeting

On July 8, 2021 NGA held its Summer Meeting, in a virtual format, here are videos from the sessions. Meeting Playlist Individual Sessions Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Address NGA Task Force ...
Defining Job Quality for Reemployment and Recovery: State Action Planning Template

Defining Job Quality for Reemployment and Recovery: State Action Planning Template

This action planning template focuses on actions that state leaders can take to connect jobseekers with high-quality employment and place a greater emphasis on job quality via resource allocation, program ...
Amid difficulty, Missouri finds opportunity

Amid difficulty, Missouri finds opportunity

Our state will do everything in its power to help displaced Missourians return to work and equip them for the accelerating pace of change ahead. by Governor Mike Parson Despite ...
Ensuring Equitable Access to and Success in Work-Based Learning: A Rhode Island Case Study

Ensuring Equitable Access to and Success in Work-Based Learning: A Rhode Island Case Study

Rhode Island’s intentional approach to closing access and attainment gaps in its work-based learning programs is a model that state policymakers can apply to their own education and workforce programs ...
Alabama and Hawaii Focus on Providing Job Opportunities in the Post-Pandemic Economy

Alabama and Hawaii Focus on Providing Job Opportunities in the Post-Pandemic Economy

These states join several others in the Workforce Innovation Network – a collaborative led by the National Governors Association – to better connect employment seekers to work, education and other ...
Equipping the Outdoor Workforce of the Future: Collaborative Strategies for States and Outdoor Recreation Partners

Equipping the Outdoor Workforce of the Future: Collaborative Strategies for States and Outdoor Recreation Partners

This webinar showcases innovative and collaborative programs through the University of Colorado and Oregon State University to build the outdoor industry talent pipeline and facilitate state, industry, and academic collaboration ...
State Solutions for Supporting the Return to Work and Filling Open Jobs

State Solutions for Supporting the Return to Work and Filling Open Jobs

As the economic recovery picks up, governors and state leaders are identifying and addressing barriers that keep their workforce from returning to work and filling open positions posted by employers ...
Governors’ Role in Promoting Disability Employment in COVID-19 Recovery Strategies

Governors’ Role in Promoting Disability Employment in COVID-19 Recovery Strategies

Because people with disabilities face disproportionate consequences of COVID-19, it will be critical to ensure adequate protections and supports are available to them in order to promote opportunities for safe ...
Creating a Responsive and Sustainable Statewide Work-Based Learning Structure

Creating a Responsive and Sustainable Statewide Work-Based Learning Structure

This reference guide outlines what policymakers should consider when creating a statewide work-based learning structure. (View/Download) Introduction The COVID-19 pandemic forced state education and workforce systems to quickly adapt to ...

Economic Policy Library

State and Local Government Associations Urge ‘Robust, Flexible’ Federal Relief During Pandemic

The seven leading organizations representing state and local governments at the federal level called on Congress to “immediately provide robust, flexible relief” to state, territorial and local governments as part ...

Operational Coordination for COVID-19 Response and Recovery

As the COVID-19 pandemic grows in scale and complexity, so does the number of state, federal, local, nonprofit, and private assets deployed to assist in the response. Governors play an ...

Governors Renew Bipartisan Request for Fiscal Relief for States

National Governors Association Chair Maryland Governor Larry Hogan and NGA Vice Chair New York Governor Andrew Cuomo issued the following statement:“The nation’s governors continue to appreciate our collaboration with the ...

The Additive Manufacturing Response to COVID-19

As the COVID-19 pandemic disrupts global supply chains and manufacturing operations, the medical community faces a critical shortage of certain devices and personal protective equipment (PPE), particularly those essential for ...

National Governors Association Outlines Need for ‘Additional and Immediate’ Fiscal Assistance to States

Calls on Congress to Allocate Additional $500 Billion National Governors Association Chair Maryland Governor Larry Hogan and NGA Vice Chair New York Governor Andrew Cuomo issued the following statement:“Governors across ...

Flexibilities Under CCDBG/CCDF, CARES Act Supports for Small Businesses and Child Care

The National Governors Association recently hosted a webinar in partnership with the Office of Child Care within the Administration for Children and Families at the U.S. Department of Health and ...

Request for Guidance on the Coronavirus Relief Fund

March 28, 2020 The Honorable Steven Mnuchin Secretary of the Treasury U.S. Department of Treasury 1500 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Washington, D.C. 20220 Dear Secretary Mnuchin: Thank you for working with ...

Governors’ Request for Third Congressional Supplemental Bill

March 20, 2020 The Honorable Mitch McConnellMajority LeaderUnited States SenateU.S. Capitol Building, Room S-230Washington, D.C. 20510 The Honorable Chuck SchumerMinority LeaderUnited States SenateU.S. Capitol Building, Room S-224Washington, D.C. 20510 The ...

Governors Urge Senate Passage of Families First Coronavirus Response Act

The nation’s governors called on the U.S. Senate to pass the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to aid their efforts to prevent the spread of the virus, provide medical treatment ...